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In this section of EveryBlock, you can find liquor licenses.

The liquor licenses come directly from the Liquor Licenses dataset, provided by the Chicago Department of Excise and Licenses.

The liquor license process is thorough to ensure that only responsible business owners are granted the privilege of obtaining a liquor license. Applicants are required to provide detailed information on ownership and business finances. Establishments must also undergo and pass inspections from several city departments, including the Departments of Health, Fire and Buildings.
In some areas of the City it may not be possible to obtain a liquor license due to restrictions such as "dry precincts" or moratorium areas that prohibit the issuance of additional packaged goods and consumption on premises licenses. It is also important to note that liquor licenses can not be issued to an establishment within 100 ft. of a school, church, hospital, home for the aged, or library.
The City has developed a customer-oriented case management approach to guide applicants through the application process. A case manager works closely with applicants in filing applications and makes sure they understand all of the responsibilities of a licensed liquor establishment in the City of Chicago. Once an application has been paid for, the City is committed to making a decision on license issuance within 90 days.


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